Inner Space Stations, located on Hull Road in York, has relaunched a brand new BP service station following a four month redevelopment project and an investment of over £1 million.
The 2,500 sqft store has encompassed ‘out of this world’ design features throughout the new store as part of the refurbishment, identifying itself as the “the last shop before Mars”. The ceiling lighting represents rocket launchers and staff now operate from a “mission control” centre at the front of the store.
“The visual impact is extremely important to me,” said Graham Kennedy, managing director of Inner Space Stations.
“We’ve created a store in which people can see everything on offer from the moment they enter. We made the height of our fridges and shelving lower, so customers have sight of our full range from wherever they are stood within the store.”
The company has included over £100,000 worth of advanced refrigeration from Pastorfrigor GB, with the fridges to the rear of the shop incorporating micro technology and Clearvision PET frameless doors to house the extensive range of beers and wines, as well as selected premium wines from local suppliers.
“We installed the new Genova Panorama MC cabinets in this store that run on the natural refrigerant R290. These cabinets are very energy efficient with low noise and heat rejection that can only be achieved by using our patented Micro Channel evaporators,” said Simon Robinson, managing director at Pastorfrigor GB.
Besides the wide range of chilled and frozen meals and fresh fruit and veg, Inner Space Stations has also introduced Stone Willy’s Kitchen, which offers a delicious range of gourmet pizza, freshly made wraps and hot snacks to-go, 24 hours a day.
Kennedy, who has more than 30 years’ experience within the service station industry, said the redevelopment caters to the changing spending habits of consumers.
“Consumer spending habits are changing, with people making smaller purchases more frequently. We want to make sure that we are providing our customers with everything they need, at any time of the day, and as quickly as possible,” he said.
“The newly extended store, together with the touchless car wash, five valeting bays and self-storage units, makes us the one of most advanced retailers in the industry.”